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Residential Boiler Service

Let Our Plumbing Experts Handle Your Boiler Problems!

Is your boiler not working like it should? It may be time to call the plumbing service experts at I&C Mechanical – Plumbing & Heating. Boilers depend on your pipes or radiators in order to provide efficient heating to your home. Because there’s no blowers included in this type of system, your home enjoys consistent heating without a draft—but it also means that a leaky pipe or aging system could rob your home of the comfort you’re accustomed to. Read more

Benefits of Converting Your Home to Natural Gas - I&C Mechanical

Benefits of Converting Your Home to Natural Gas

Many homeowners wonder whether or not it’s more beneficial for the environment, their finances and their personal preferences to heat their home with natural gas rather than heating oil. While it’s commonly known that heating oil is the more expensive solution to heating your home, there are additional benefits to natural gas conversion for your home aside from its more cost-effective nature. Read more

Boiler Troubleshooting Tips

Boiler Troubleshooting Tips

A boiler heating system can be very efficient and trouble-free, but sometimes things can go wrong that require your attention. In some cases, there are easy fixes that you can handle yourself, while some repairs are better left to your heating professional. Here is a basic boiler troubleshooting guide to refer to if you suspect you have a boiler problem: Read more

Facts to Know about Your Water Boiler

Facts to Know about Your Water Boiler

Boilers provide a comforting heat that other heating systems simply cannot match. Heat radiates out into a room, rather than moving through ductwork and vents in a home, as hot water allows for easy, reliable heat transfer.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding boilers and their associated components: underfloor heating systems, radiators, and baseboard heaters. As experienced heating technicians, we hear a lot of misconceptions every day, and we feel it’s our job to clear them up. Read on to learn what we think any boiler owner should know, and call our team for boilers in Boston, MA. Read more

Water Heater Trouble? Signs it’s Time to Replace

Water Heater Trouble? Signs it’s Time to Replace

When you think of your plumbing system and water supply, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Many would say the hot water heater. This residential plumbing powerhouse is the 2nd highest energy consuming appliance in the home, and accounts for nearly 25% of your energy bill, per the DOE.

Age is one of the most important factors in determining the efficiency and performance capabilities of your water heater. In addition, the design and location of the unit plays a big part.

Conventional water heaters are estimated to last roughly 12 years. For hybrid and tank-less models, you can expect up to 20 years of performance, maybe even more.

From laundry to bathing, washing dishes and cleaning, hot water is a staple in your daily life, and it’s often taken for granted—until something goes wrong. Any disruption in hot water delivery hits hard.

What you don’t know is that issues in your water heater develop over time, starting in the form of normal sediment and building up, but eventually resulting in tank corrosion and damage. This can have a serious impact on the quality and volume of water available to your home.

So, what should you look out for to know if your water heater is nearing the end? Here are some telltale signs of water heater failure… Read more

Heating Rebates from Mass Save

Heating Rebates from Mass Save

Early Heating Rebates from Mass Save are back!

Rebates are available for replacing inefficient heating  equipment. Replacing a natural gas boiler that is over 30 years old could generate a rebate up to $3,500.00. Replacing an oil boiler that is over 30 years old generates rebates up to $1,900.00.

Of course, Mass Save has some eligibility requirements to receive heating rebates: fuel switching/conversion (ie oil to gas) is NOT eligible for this offer, customer must complete a Mass Save home energy assessment or site visit prior to replacing the heating equipment, and the rebate form must be completed and submitted by the deadline. For a full list of Mass Save heating rebates eligibility requirements, click here. Read more

Water Heater Repair

Water Heater Repair vs. Replacement

Water Heater Repair vs. Replacement

Your water heater is an important part of your home. After all, it’s the only reason you are able to take nice warm showers every day and have plenty of warm water for doing dishes and laundry. Like any other appliance in your home, the water heater is almost certainly going to break down now and again.

When this does happen, you have an important decision to make: do you fix the water heater, or replace it altogether.

If the unit is more than eight years old, having it replaced is probably the safest way to go. Once they start getting up there in years, one problem tends to lead to another. By the time you’ve made all the necessary repairs, it might just cost you as much as buying a new heater altogether.

However, if the heater is still relatively new or still has some time left on the warranty, water heater repair is probably a good way to go. The replacement parts used in the repair may still be under warranty, which means you’ll only have to pay the labor costs. Read more

frozen pipes plumbing

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes Tips

Freezing temperatures are here. This may have you thinking about your furnace, but you should also be mindful of your household plumbing, frozen pipes risk.

When the temperature drops below freezing, there’s always the potential that the water in some pipes may freeze. In the best-case scenario, the ice temporarily stops the flow of water before thawing when temperatures rise. But it doesn’t take extreme temperatures for expanding ice to actually break a vulnerable pipe, putting your home at risk for leaks or even significant flooding.

During winter, keep these tips in mind to avoid this messy and costly problem.

Knowing is Half the Battle

Most homeowners don’t know the locations of every foot of pipe in their homes. A pipe that is heated or well insulated in some areas may be fully exposed to the elements somewhere else down the line. All it takes is a small frozen section to result in a major break. So to know where you might be at risk, ask your local plumber to conduct a thorough audit of your plumbing system for freezing risks. Read more

Preventive Maintenance To Avoid Clogged Pipes & Other Problems

Preventive Maintenance To Avoid Clogged Pipes & Other Problems

Plumbing

Preventive maintenance helps keep your plumbing in working order, so you can avoid costly repairs. Here are a few ways to avoid plumbing problems:
• Check Under Sinks for Moisture or Small Leaks • Clear Overflow Holes on Tubs and Vanities
• Repair Leaky Faucets Immediately • Clean Faucet Aerators Annually

Toilets

Check your toilet for leaks at least once a year by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank. Later, if the toilet bowl water is red, that means there’s a leak and you need to replace the tank ball. Read more